Just for kicks my comments on the preview videos, brought to you by Ambien™. Somehow I still don’t know what that is, but man do I want some.
Rob and Ambuh (engaged) - Just when we thought they were gone forever. Blah blah blah we rely on each other, work well together, complement each other, etc. They spoke for four minutes and said nothing. Initial like factor: don’t love, don’t hate.
Brian and Greg (brothers) - A recruiter approached them at a Dave Matthews concert and convinced them to apply. I didn’t know it happened like that. They’re competitive and athletic and won’t get under each other’s skins. We’ll see. Initial like factor: kinda like 'em.
Ray and Deana (dating on and off) - They fight over directions in the car. My pick for the shriekingest team this season. They studied the show in-depth and feel that they’re ready. Best comment was Ray’s - he mentioned his strengths, then mentioned that Deana’s strength was deferring to his strengths. Initial like factor: no.
Debbie and Bianca (lifelong friends) - Not sure why exactly, but they annoy. Maybe it’s the matching shirts. They mention their 20 years of friendship and that they know each other well enough to make an effective team. That and their “people person skills.” Initial like factor: instant dislike.
Gretchen and Meredith (grandparents) - In their late sixties, looking for an adventure. Big fans of the show. Initial like factor: Like 'em, though they’re doomed of course.
Heidi and Megan (best friends) - Wow do they look alike. :eek: Almost a little scary. Like “Night of the Blondes” or something. They think they’ll keep the fighting to a minimum. Not going on the show just to win - they want to enjoy it. If they live up to that they could be a fun team to watch. Initial like factor: so far so good.
Lynn and Alex (boyfriends) - A couple and best friends. Both of them remind me a little of John Michael Higgins’ character in Best in Show, especially since they mentioned their dog in the video. Alex says he’s judgemental 'cause he’s a gay guy. Not sure what that means. They also mention that they know how to look good on camera. Sounds like Lynn considers “roughing it” staying at a 3.5 star hotel. Not seeing them going far. Mentioned the other teams as the hillbillies, the republicans, the old people, and the others. If these guys do manage to stick around for a while they could be a good source of some quality snark on the others. Initial like factor: I like 'em (though not in a homosexual way that’s for sure… oh wait wrong show sorry).
Ron and Kelly (dating) - She gets exhausted during two hour flights. Uh oh. He hates airports and getting on planes. Uh oh again. Strengths? They’re competitive, love to win, hate to lose, etc. She’s a pageant competition girl. He’s military and starts barking orders when he gets stressed. I sense an early meltdown, but they could go pretty far. Initial like factor: lukewarm.
Ryan and Chuck (buds) - Well, now I know who the hillbillies are. Seem like OK folks, but they’ve never been outside the US. The interview was hilarious though. Ryan went on and on for a few minutes about something, then someone off camera asked Chuck if he had anything to add to what his friend had said. He goes, “I concur.” They mentioned that they have to make sure they eat, and that they’re concerned about getting in a footrace with some skinny folk. Initial like factor: no idea.
Susan and Patrick (mother and son) - They have nicknames for everyone, which is always good. The gay guys are Prancer and Dancer (Patrick is gay too for the record), the blond girls are the Hilton Sisters, the grandparents are Mom and Pops. Hee. Calls someone else the Heavy Metal Guys. They hate Rob and Amber too and predict an early departure for them. Initial like factor: Intrigue. I have a good feeling about them.
Uchenna and Joyce (married) - Met as extras on a movie set. Wasn’t love at first site, but have been together for 14 years (married for six). Food and sleep deprivation may cause conflicts. Uh oh. Both mention that they wear the pants in the family. Uh oh again. Feel confident in their chances after physically sizing up the competition. They don’t really say anything interesting. Initial like factor: meh. No strong feelings one way or the other.